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I give up! Need a mechanic

Well, after 6 months of rebuilding fuel system, rebuilding carbs, new everything and constant disappointment I am ready to throw in the towel.

Anyone know of a mechanic I can hire to get me 1985 Esprit running, I posted a video on the esprit section a few months back, it cranks over, begins to start and stumbles and dies.

Time to let an expert have it.. If there is no one local I will ship it to my old mechanic in Texas but hopefully someone in CO can get her on the road before summer.


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You should come to the Lotus Colorado meeting tuesday night at mimi's cafe in south Denver. I may know someone.

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These sound like the symptoms of a failing ballast resistor in the ignition circuit.

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You should come to the Lotus Colorado meeting tuesday night at mimi's cafe in south Denver. I may know someone.
Travis,

I plan to be there Tuesday, Mimins is a few miles from my office.

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These sound like the symptoms of a failing ballast resistor in the ignition circuit.
Hmmm, Hadn't heard of that... I will do some research..

Thanks for your input..


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These sound like the symptoms of a failing ballast resistor in the ignition circuit.
Yes. I'd bet you are right.

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Yes. I'd bet you are right.

Where is this ballast located? part of the coil?

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Generally, right near coil.

You could check Google for its function, but IIRC, the ballast resistor lets more voltage go to points/ignition to start car, then reduces voltage so points don't burn out quickly.

Note: Been yrs since I dealt with one of these.

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Travis,

I plan to be there Tuesday, Mimins is a few miles from my office.

see you then.
Travis,

Thank you for the referral, after 9 months she breathed to life yesterday for the first time for a min of 6 years. Oil Pressure is good, were going through the cooling system now, water pump, belts now.

Maybe she will be on the road again in spring, another G bodied Esprit saved from being parted out.

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Glad you have it running again.

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Glad to hear the good news Jason!

So please fill us in on what was wrong if you will. If your transmission suffers from the bloody nylon thrust washer / circlip issue get it done. There are upgrades that can be done to prevent the problem from happening again.
Brother Atwell and Brother Ed have the details.

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OK, Sorry for the late reply, The overall problem was fuel starvation to the front carburetor.

This car has sat for many many years and over the winter I rebuilt the carbs but didn't notice blockage from the fuel line to the carb so the front was fuel starved.

It literally took the mechanic and hour and he had it running.

Since it was parked for so long and had various mechanics (including myself) jacking things up, we spent a week making things right. Re attaching the throttle linkage, and choke, flushing the cooling system, checking compression etc. It ran nicely even the cooling fans kicked on three cycles and the temp gauge and oil pressure worked.

I brought the car home today and plan to fix the clutch (flat on the floor) and replace tires, chance oil, trans fluid, brake fluid and do the paint and body etc.

Once the new year rollls around I will take it back to the mechanic and he is going to do a belt service, adjust valves, new water pump and balance the carbs.

By spring she will be back in order and my S2 is next in line.

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Jason,
To save yourself or your mechanic a headache I had to replace my clutch master. Purchased one from Jeff at JAE which was correct but the rod was different.
I could not get the rod to line up so I removed the rod from the old master and installed it in the new one. Everything lined up as it should and was fine. It was so long ago however I think the length was the problem.
It's a simple fix, just remove the retaining snap ring, remove the rod and swap over.
If your replacing the water pump be sure to replace the coolant hose between the pump and intake manifold. Even though the hose looks straight it is not so index the original to match the replacement. Don't ask me how I know this...

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Jason,
To save yourself or your mechanic a headache I had to replace my clutch master. Purchased one from Jeff at JAE which was correct but the rod was different.
I could not get the rod to line up so I removed the rod from the old master and installed it in the new one. Everything lined up as it should and was fine. It was so long ago however I think the length was the problem.
It's a simple fix, just remove the retaining snap ring, remove the rod and swap over.
If your replacing the water pump be sure to replace the coolant hose between the pump and intake manifold. Even though the hose looks straight it is not so index the original to match the replacement. Don't ask me how I know this...

Cheers,
Robert
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Thank you Robert for your input,

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